Pd. Pol. Adv. Laura Norton Treasurer 163 E. Pathfinders Circle The Woodlands TX 77381

LSGCD 2018 Election

This is my "I told you so" page.  I wrote this letter to the editor that was published in The Villager back in November 2018.  But I  endorsed all the candidates that lost.  The candidates that won have been a lawsuit factory and their campaign slogan of "restore affordable water" has been proven to be a crock.  Here's my old letter:

With the November 6th Election, the LSGCD will be a 7-member fully elected board. Vying for spots on this board are two parties.  

In one corner are folks that are not supported by well-owners who recognize the risks of taking too much water each year from our aquifers.  Those risks are 1.) it’s not sustainable, 2.)it will cause subsidence or the gradual sinking of an area of land and foundation issues and 3) altered surface drainage making flooding of our homes more likely.

I support the folks in this corner and therefore this slate of candidates:

Precinct 2  - Gary Oakley

Precinct 3 - Rick Moffat

Precinct 4 - Gail Carney

County wide - Gregg Hope

Woodlands - Kent Maggert

Conroe - Jackie Chance

In the other corner is a group that would like to use our county’s wells more aggressively.  Well water is cheaper, well owners make better profits when not faced with restrictions on groundwater pumpage. Besides zero concern for the sustainability for our future water supplies, this group seemingly forgets that we the taxpayers are on the hook for the $500 million surface water treatment plant; it’s already built. Taxpayers can’t walk away from this debt or breach the GRP( Groundwater Reduction Plan) fees contracts they signed. Fees they agreed to pay when the plant was built. This group has already sued the LSGCD and refused to pay SJRA and they’re having us all spend an endless amount of taxpayer monies to litigate; we’re in year 2 of supporting the attorneys now. Let’s stop it!

Since you may well have voted for the ‘drill baby drill’ candidates in a national election (we’re a very red state) note that this is different!  Our bodies and home values are even more dependent on water than this state’s economy is dependent on oil.  We need to keep a sustainable supply of water that can cost-effectively be treated and delivered to residents on demand. These requirements are unique to water. This is critical.

Indeed, the very red 77th Texas Legislature created the LSGCD  (Lonestar Groundwater Conservation District) in 2001 with a 74% voter approval rate in a confirmation election.  Since then the LSGCD has ascertained that  64,000 acre ft/year of water can safely be taken from our aquifers. Safely means the aquifers are recharged at 64,000 acre feet a year and our use of groundwater is sustainable at that rate.  A vote for the other slate is corporate welfare at the expense of you in your sinking home.

Laura Norton

MUD 47, WJPA Rep to Township’s Drainage Task Force

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